A mini-guide to gluten-free eating in Lancashire and the Lake District
PUBLISHED: 00:00 21 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:35 09 May 2016
Cutting gluten out of your diet can make it difficult to have a great meal out, but things are getting easier as more food businesses are catering for those who require gluten free food, Here’s a taster of what’s on offer locally
PUBS AND RESTAURANTS
The Stork Inn, Lancaster
A traditional country inn and B&B, The Stork is just 3 miles from the centre of Lancaster. Enjoy a gluten free meal here, overlooking the Lancashire countryside. Gluten Free menu options are available on request for most dishes.
Fusion Room, Preston
Fusion Room was opened in 2008 by Russell Lee; he now works alongside a young, energetic team creating a blend of contemporary food and an experience to remember. Fusion Room can cater to a range of dietary requirements on request.
The Garden Kitchen, Clitheroe
The afternoon tea at The Garden Kitchen has developed quite a reputation over the years. Complete with finger sandwiches, cakes and scones, many have said that they do not see a difference between the gluten free option and the standard menu option.
Ego Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar, Lytham
Ego is a coastal gem offering a menu exclusively for a gluten free diet. Ask a member of staff for their menu dedicated to gluten free bites including Fusilli Carbonara, Pan Fried Seabass and daily specials. After your meal, you can visit their fabulous terrace and take in the picturesque views of Lytham.
The Highwayman Inn
Enjoy the wonderfully relaxing environment at The Highwayman Inn, you can tuck in to a delicious meal al fresco in the pub’s garden terrace or have a cosy meal inside by the crackling fire. Just ask a member of staff for a gluten free menu, as it changes daily.
The Green Valley at Lancrigg Vegetarian Country House Hotel
International vegetarian cooking is at the heart of the menus at The Green Valley, located inside the Lancrigg Vegetarian Country House Hotel. Chickpea, tamarind & tomato curry served with Tarka dahl can be followed with a variety of desserts after a delightful meal. Vegan diners are also well catered for. All the meals are complemented by a variety of organically produced wines and beers.
Trattoria 51, Southport
Trattoria 51 has recently partnered with DS-gluten free to launch gluten free pizzas and pastas. The menu boasts a wide range of gluten free offers meaning that almost every item on the menu is available with a GF option. Owner Attilio Sergi, aims to provide flavoursome Italian food for all to enjoy, meaning that all staff are armed with allergen information and all you need to do is ask.
Green’s Café and Bistro Grasmere
Green’s is a tasty Café and Bistro in Grasmere, serving up fresh local produce. Whether you are Gluten free, Wheat free, Vegetarian, Dairy free or vegan there is plenty to choose from on the menu for you. For those with a sweet tooth try the sticky toffee pudding but don’t worry if this is not what you fancy as there is a long list of GF treats on the menu.
BAKERIES (CAKES & BREAD)
The Ginger Baker, Preston
Introducing ‘The Ginger Baker’, Sharon from Longridge works hard to produce beautiful cakes and treats which she sells at markets and events throughout Lancashire. Sharon prides herself on baking delicious goodies that you’d never guess were gluten/wheat free. Visit the café on Berry Lane where you can pick up pre-ordered freshly baked bread and more.
Better Life Bakery
Using ingredients from local, accredited suppliers, husband and wife duo Barry and Catherine have been successfully creating delectable baked goods for over 30 years. Better Life Bakery creates pies, pastries, cakes, sweets and more using ingredients free from gluten and artificial colours and preservatives.
Filberts Bakery, Lancaster
Filberts is a family owned bakery in Lancaster who bake fresh bread every morning along with breakfast goods, cakes and savouries. Filberts enjoys catering products to their customers and encourages orders for specific dietary requirements.
The Heavenly Cake Company, Liverpool
Try a rustic bake from the Heavenly Cake Company, using a combination of ethically sourced, natural ingredients to create hand made healthy delights. The bakery opts to use an organic whole grain spelt flour, used by ancient Egyptians and Romans, while this works for those with wheat/gluten intolerance this is not suitable for Coeliac sufferers. Always make sure that you notify the business about any allergies at the time of order. The company advises that they can adapt their recipes on request specifically for Coeliac sufferers with a more suitable flour.
Lancashire Gluten Free
On a mission to produce some of the best gluten free food around, Susan Craddock began producing gluten free bites in Lytham in 2012. This is both a gluten and wheat free kitchen that makes specialty cakes, cake mixes, brownies and much more. You can order products online, by phone or email.
Thornleys Natural Food, Blackburn
Great taste can be one of the biggest challenges you face when cooking Gluten free at home, Thornleys has created a range of natural recipe mixes. Owned by a family with three generations of Coeliacs, Thornleys understand the difficulties of satisfying a need for good food. Their carefully blended mixes are free from additives, preservatives, colours, MSG, gluten and wheat.
Barton Grange Farm Shop, Preston
Barton Grange is a farm shop that strives to support carefully selected, local suppliers stocking products from areas in and around Lancashire. It has recently started stocking a gluten free range along side its fresh produce, including condiments, biscuits and baking ingredients.
Dahlia’s Farm Shop
Dahlia’s stocks food’s from local producers suitable for those following a gluten free diet. You can find products from Thornleys, Fosters and Lancashire Gluten Free. Dahlia’s farm shop is located in Dahlia’s kitchen where you can also stop for a bite to eat.
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